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Monday, May 18, 2009
The corn ethanol industry is misrepresenting scientific facts in efforts to dupe the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) into waiving critical public health protections for the sake of boosting ethanol sales.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Seventy-seven Harvard student volunteers experienced a nearly 70 percent increase in urinary levels of bisphenol A (BPA), a plastics component and synthetic estrogen linked to cancer, reproductive system damage and other serious conditions, after drinking cold beverages from BPA-laden polycarbonate bottles for just one week, according to researchers from Harvard University and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
President Obama’s proposed budget continues the long string of broken promises that have left conservation programs billions short over the past two farm bills. While the White House and the US Department of Agriculture rightly communicate that farmers are a critical component in the fight against global warming, their budget proposes to cut the very programs that can help them win.
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Friday, May 8, 2009
This morning, Minnesota’s governor, Tim Pawlenty (R) signed landmark legislation, the first statewide prohibition on the use of the toxic plastics chemical Bisphenol-A, or BPA, in baby bottles and sippy cups. The prohibition will go into effect January 1, 2010.
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Thursday, May 7, 2009
Making good on his promise to find savings in the federal budget, president Obama announced several proposed cuts today that could help reform a broken farm subsidy system. The most promising proposal centers on a total payment limit of $250,000 per person, down from the current $750,000 per person and $1.5 million per farm couple limit set in the 2008 farm bill.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009
A landmark study by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and universities in the U.S. and Australia has, for the first time, documented how escalating mercury-laden air emissions, chiefly from coal-fired electrical power plants in Asia, are being transformed into methylmercury, a potent neurotoxin that is increasingly polluting the North Pacific Ocean and contaminating tuna, swordfish and other popular seafood.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The U.S. Department of the Interior last week authorized mining for uranium on federal land near Grand Canyon National Park in an apparent violation of a Congressional resolution passed last June that declared more than 1 million acres around the Park off-limits to new mining activity.
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Friday, May 1, 2009
An unprecedented two-year study commissioned by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), in partnership with Rachel’s Network and conducted by four independent research laboratories in the United States, Canada and The Netherlands has documented up to 48 toxic chemicals in the blood of five prominent minority women leaders in the environmental justice movement from Texas, Louisiana, California and Wisconsin.
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Thursday, April 2, 2009
The following is commentary from Environmental Working Group Midwest Vice President Craig Cox regarding today's release of a Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) report on biofuels.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that 15 brands of powdered infant formula are contaminated with perchlorate, a rocket fuel component detected in drinking water in 28 states and territories. The two most contaminated brands, made from cow’s milk, accounted for 87 percent of the U.S. powdered formula market in 2000, the scientists said.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
For the first time, the U.S. Geological Survey has identified the top 150 polluting watersheds in the Mississippi River Basin that cause the annual 8,000 square-mile “Dead Zone” in the Gulf of Mexico. Based on the USGS report released today, members of the Mississippi River Water Quality Collaborative urge the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state policy makers to use the report to solve water quality problems both within the states and downstream in the Gulf.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Oil and natural gas companies have drilled almost 120,000 wells in the West since 2000, mostly for natural gas, and nearly 270,000 since 1980, according to industry records analyzed by Environmental Working Group. Yet drilling companies enjoy exemptions under most major federal environmental laws.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Senate Budget committee chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) announced yesterday he would reject President Obama’s plan to cut billions in crop subsidy payments that flow mostly to large profitable farm operations and wealthy landowners.
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Thursday, March 19, 2009
A March 10 agreement between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. over drinking water contamination around the company’s Parkersburg, WV, plant leaves people in the area exposed to dangerous levels of the Teflon chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a probable carcinogen and reproductive system toxin also known as C8.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Despite marketing claims like “gentle” and “pure,” dozens of top-selling children’s bath products are contaminated with the cancer-causing chemicals formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane, according to product test results released today by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The chemicals were not disclosed on product labels because contaminants are exempt from labeling laws.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) popular Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides has a new look -- and an updated list of fruits and vegetables for consumers who aim to reduce their families’ exposure to pesticides.
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Monday, December 24, 2012
U.S. and state fishing subsidy programs have contributed more than $6.4 billion to commercial fishing operations between 1996 and 2004, accelerating depletion of once-bountiful fish species, according to a ground-breaking study by Renée Sharp, director of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) California Office and economist Ussif Rashid Sumaila, acting director of the Fisheries Centre at the University of British Columbia .
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Monday, March 2, 2009
Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) has introduced legislation sponsored by Environmental Working Group (EWG) to reduce exposure of California’s infants and toddlers to the toxic hormone disrupting chemical bisphenol-A (BPA).
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Thursday, February 26, 2009
It is the federal law that industry loves and environmentalists love to hate, yet have been unable to reform since it was enacted a generation ago. But a congressional hearing convened today by Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois may signal the beginning of the end of a federal policy that has made it all but impossible for the government to protect the public health from toxic industrial chemicals.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Statement of Ken Cook President, Environmental Working Group Feburary 24, 2009 "President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack have done the public a great service by nominating Kathleen Merrigan for deputy secretary of agriculture. "It is a strong signal that under the Obama...
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